How You Can Get an STD without Engaging in Sex

Are you aware that you can become infected with sexually transmitted diseases even while abstaining from sexual intercourse? Unfortunately, this is a fact that a lot of people — both young and older — are ignorant of, and which puts their health at some risk.

STDs are more commonly transmitted through unprotected sexual activity — traditional intercourse, anal, oral, fingering and any other form of sexual contact. However, in spite of their designation, these illnesses can be transmitted through activities that are not directly related to sex.

kissHerpes, for instance, can easily be transmitted through something as mundane as kissing, especially if the carrier has an active sore on their mouth at the time. Besides, herpes is a disease that doesn't show once contracted, so you may still get it from someone you kiss even if they show no signs of the disease.

Other STDs can also be caught from innocent kissing, as some of them may be carried in fluids such as saliva. Being in contact with any open cuts or gashes on the person’s lips can put you at risk as well if a disease is passed on through blood.

You don't need to actually be in contact with an infected person or their body part to catch an STD. Trich, for instance, is a very resilient parasite which might cling onto damp objects such as towels, making it possible for the infection to then latch onto you if you’ve used the same towel that someone who carries the disease used.

And whether this information is alarming to you or not, keep in mind that these are just the scenarios you have some control over. There are also numerous ways in which you may be infected in public places, too.

Hepatitis A, for instance, can be transmitted through contaminated food, which means you can theoretically get it at a restaurant, if the people responsible for cooking your meal don’t adhere to impeccable hygiene practices.

You can also catch an STD by using a public bathroom, as the seats may be contaminated by the fluids of an infected person, though that is unlikely to happen.

The risk becomes even greater when there are needles involved - for instance, when a tattoo machine or a piercing gun isn’t properly sterilized in between clients. And while you can choose the place where you have a tattoo or piercing done, you should also know that illnesses like HIV and hepatitis can be transmitted through infected blood transfusions, which you usually have no control over.

Unfortunately, it appears you’re not 100% safe from STDs even if you abstain from sex. However, to make things lighter, it’s worth noting that you have rather slim chances of contracting an STD through the scenarios mentioned above. So the biggest and more than real risk of getting infected is unprotected sex that involves body fluids exchange.

Alexandr Sedishev